“Epic Euro 2024 Showdown: Lamine Yamal Steals Spotlight as Mbappe Falters!”

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“Unbelievable! Lamine Yamal’s Heroics Propel Spain Past France: Player Ratings Unveiled!”

In a stunning display reminiscent of football legend Pele, 16-year-old Lamine Yamal propelled Spain into the Euro 2024 final with a performance for the ages. His mesmerizing goal proved decisive as Spain clinched a 2-1 victory over France in the semi-final clash held in Munich.

The match saw Randal Kolo Muani open the scoring for France, but Yamal’s unforgettable strike turned the tide in Spain’s favor. Dani Olmo sealed the deal with Spain’s second goal, securing their place in Sunday’s final. The Spanish squad will now await the winner between England and Netherlands to determine their opponent in the championship showdown

Spain

Unai Simon – 7

The French attack, which only managed three shots on target, did not ask many questions. It is difficult to criticize him, but his distribution still needs improvement.

Marc Cucurella – 7

Ousmane Dembele of France vies for the ball with Spain's Marc Cucurella, right, during a semifinal match between Spain and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Munich, Germany, Tuesday, July 9, 2024. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Jesus Navas – 6

Cannot have slept well knowing his 38-year-old limbs would be tasked with dealing with Mbappe. Booked after 14 minutes so had to play with extra caution. Limped off early in the second half, replaced by Vivian.

Rodri – 8

Oozes class. The heartbeat in a team full of dazzling talent. He is the cement that knits it all together for this impressive Spanish side, who are now one game away from glory.

Fabian Ruiz – 8

The chemistry he has with Rodri is unapparelled at the tournament. His intelligent runs into the box are a constant threat but should have scored with a close-range header early on.

Dani Olmo – 8

Spain have won all of their Euro 2024 games so far

Has soared up the ladder in the race for Golden Boot after scoring his third tournament goal having only played two games. This goal was beautiful as he completely fooled Aurelien Tchouameni by a quick piece of play.

Nico Williams – 7

Jules Kounde’s defensive abilities in opposition was the main reason for the lack of a ferocious mood.

Lamine Yamal – 9

What did you do at 16 years old? What were you doing at 16 years old? Did you think so?

Yamal, the world’s next-biggest footballer, is the youngest ever to score at a European Championships and a World Cup. The man from whom he removed the tag? Pele. This precocious talent has shades of Pele. He defies logic.

Spain's Lamine Yamal embraces Kylian Mbappe of France ahead of a semifinal match between Spain and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Munich, Germany, Tuesday, July 9, 2024. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Image:Yamal embraces Kylian Mbappe

Alvaro Morata – 7

He takes a backseat in this exciting and flashy Spanish team. He mucks in when needed. He committed three fouls, but won four. This shows a more nastier side to him. Every team should have one.

Vivian – 7

Mikel Oyarzabal (On for Alvaro Morata) – 7

Mikel Merrino (On for Dani Olmo ) – 7

Martin Zubimendi (On for Yamine Lamal) – N/A

Ferran Tores (Nic Williams’ replacement) – N/A

France

Mike Maignan – 7

He could not do much about the two goals in a confident performance. He sprinted out of his own goal after the half, and timed a tackle on Nico Williams perfectly. One of the very best.

Jules Kounde – 7

Has adjusted brilliantly to the role of right-back in this team. He was always eager to attack, and his quality was much higher than that of his attacking counterparts. Williams’ speed and power were no match for him. Was not entitled to lose.

William Saliba, 6

First time in this tournament, I looked rushed and nervous when faced with the speed of the Spain front 4.

Dayot Upamecano – 5

Like Saliba, never looked comfortable. He was the weak link.

Theo Hernandez – 6

Yamal was a difficult opponent to deal with. He didn’t know whether to play tight or to send him to his right foot. In the second half, he had a good opening to test Simon. However, he shanked an unlucky effort wide.

Adrien Rabiot – 5

Poor. His lack of mobility and his inability to move around was evident. He allowed Spain to make huge gains in midfield.

N’Golo Kante – 6

He was once again given a role that required more skill and complexity. His performance was full of his usual zest, but the quality of his final third was lacking.

Aurelien Tchouameni – 6

He had a decent shot at Simon during the second half, but was unable to sustain pressure and get France on the field.

Kylian Mbappe – 6

Kylian Mbappe of France stands on the pitch during a semifinal match between Spain and France at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Munich, Germany, Tuesday, July 9, 2024. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

He was no longer the masked person, but he had a very distinct mark in this case. He was not at full speed despite the delicate assist that set up Kolo’s opening goal. With five minutes remaining, he blazed a momentous shot over the bar. He’ll want to forget Euro 2024 quickly.

Ousmane Dembele – 5

The player who lost possession the most was (21). With his final ball, he tries to trick you.

Kolo Muani – 7

Kolo Muani headed France into an eighth-minute lead

One shot, one goal. One striker cannot ask for much more. It’s unfortunate to have been hooked by France.

Eduardo Camavinga (On for N’Golo Kante) – 6

Antoine Griezmann – 7

Bradley Barcola – (On for Ousmane Debele) 7

Olivier Giroud – (On for Kolo Muani)

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